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Rapid Damage Assessment Telematic Tool

Objective

The purpose of RADATT is to provide an overall methodology for supporting emergency response management in natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, on the basis of a rapid estimate of the damage done. Integration of existing databases and natural hazard models with satellite-imaging data will provide a fast sound estimate of damage, with results immediately available on the Internet and elsewhere. The emphasis will be on analysing user needs and defining the functional specification for an appropriate software system architecture.

An overall methodology for rapid estimation of damage from natural disasters, and support for decisions on response and recovery when they occur, involves integrating several components within a single user interface. They comprise remote sensing and earth-science database information, GIS technology, analytical modelling and image processing techniques.
Integration of near real-time satellite imaging data with existing databases and natural hazard models will provide rapid and reliable estimates of damage. The results can be made immediately available via a network such as the Internet.
After an earthquake, a great amount of money is always spent for the mitigation-rehabilitation process. Consequently, any improvement to the planning of mitigation-rehabilitation has a direct impact in terms of economic-technical benefits for EU.
The proposed effort will concentrate on analysing user requirements and defining the functional specification for a software system architecture to achieve the above goals.

Major Validation Sites
GNDT, Italian Group of Earthquake Disaster Prevention, Rome, IT
Municipality of Lisbon, PT
Region of Crete, GR

Users
The users are operative units of the Italian Group of Earthquake Disaster Prevention, the Portuguese National Civil Protection and Municipality of Lisbon, and the Region of Crete.

Approach
The technologies to be examined include Geographic Information Systems, multi-source information access methods, data integration and image processing techniques. An expert in loss estimation will take an important role in the project.

Expected Benefits
- rapid identification of the damage sources
- optimal response to emergency
- reduced reaction time - from days to a matter of hours after a disaster
- more efficient organisation of assistance and rehabilitation
- increased reliability of damage and loss estimates
- information from diverse data sources in common formats standardised across the EU
- system directly available for use in seismic hazard applications in Greece, Portugal and Italy
- subsequently exportable to other European countries
- also adaptable to other types of natural disaster: potential to be investigated for the utilisation in various regions of North Africa, Middle East and India.

Contribution to EU Policies
This is an opportunity to create a European system involving European experts, catering for the different geophysical characteristics in Europe, and accommodating large amounts of historical data whose availability is a feature of the European scene.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Address
Corso Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia
Italy

Participants (6)

Computer Control Systems Engineering Research & Design S.A.
Greece
Informação Sistemas e Desenvolvimento, Lda.
Portugal
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Sistemi Informatici Analisi Rischio Territoriale e Ambientale Srl
Italy
University Lisboa
Portugal
Università degli Studi di Genova
Italy
Address

161 Genova